Sunday should have been Jamie Hetherington’s first Father’s Day.
The father of an eight-month-old girl was one of three killed in a head-on collision on Highway 103 near Tantallon Sunday.
Also killed in the crash were Evatt Robert Mathers, 60, and Liam Rorey Mathers, 11, both of Hubbards.
Hetherington’s father, former Halifax municipal councillor Bruce Hetherington, said his son was “ecstatic” about his daughter’s birth.
He loved martial arts, fishing and working for the past six years as a booking constable for the Halifax regional police.
“It’s too short a life — 33 years — it’s just too short a life,” said Hetherington, who was a Dartmouth councillor for 22 years, until 2004.
“I’ve always said all those 100-series highways should be twinned, but I understand it’s dollars and cents and people will continue to have accidents.”
The family had been returning home from their camp in Lunenburg near suppertime.
Jamie and his sister-in-law Kelly, 20, were riding in his 2000 Jeep. His wife, Krista, and their baby girl were 15 minutes ahead of them.
“They were only two kilometres from the divided highway when the guy came across the centre line and hit them,” Hetherington said.
“It’s just a tragic accident.”
RCMP would not confirm which vehicle crossed the centre line, saying the accident is still under investigation.
Hetherington said Kelly is “doing quite well” in hospital with a collapsed lung and a broken elbow.
Flags at the Gottingen Street police station, where Hetherington worked, flew at half-mast yesterday.
“It’s a sad day here,” spokesman Const. Jeff Carr said. “We deal with tragedy on a regular basis, but it’s different when it hits close to home.”
Hetherington thanked all the “tremendous” friends who have called to give support.